Far Cry New Dawn‘s surprise reveal at the 2018 Game Awards, well, wasn’t that surprising, thanks to an earlier leak of the game’s title and cover art. But the announcement trailer did raise a lot of questions. Thankfully, Ubisoft has released a follow-up video that provides us with some answers about some of the more mysterious features like Expeditions.
Seeing as how Far Cry New Dawn is a sequel to Far Cry 5, there will probably be spoilers about that game’s ending from here on out, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Part of the video is simply explaining how Hope County transformed in the 17 years following Far Cry 5‘s ending. Following the bombs, Hope County experienced a period of nuclear winter where nothing grew. Then the winds came in and basically covered it in sand, creating new dunes and a different landscape than in Far Cry 5. After that, there was a period of rain that created the vibrant Super Bloom that we saw in the New Dawn trailer. That’s basically where New Dawn picks up, with survivors finally being able to start a new life. That means that, while New Dawn might be using the same map from Far Cry 5, there should be plenty of differences to keep things interesting.
It also means that wildlife will be different in New Dawn. Albino deer will be a common sight, and certain animals like bison will have thicker skins that have evolved to protect the animals against harsher climates.
Some characters from Far Cry 5 will return in New Dawn. Obviously, Joseph Seed makes an appearance at some point, but there will be other familiar faces, like Pastor Jerome Jeffries, who can be briefly spotted in the announcement trailer. It’s unclear what other characters we’ll see, though an older woman named Nana seems to be one of your new Guns for Hire. That system returns, as does Fangs for Hire, this time featuring two new beasts: a boar named Horatio, and a new good boy doggo named Timber the Akita, who can actually ride in your car with you and in the sidecar of a motorcyle this time. RIP, Boomer.
Expeditions are probably the most interesting new mechanic coming to Far Cry New Dawn. These missions will let you actually leave Hope County via helicopter and plop down in one of three new maps. The settings for these maps will encompass several different biomes, and each of these maps will measure one square kilometer, so they’re actually pretty big. The Expedition we see the most in the video takes players to an amusement park in Louisiana that’s been taken over by raiders. It seems like players can travel to these areas to gather resources and supplies for their Home Base, which is where players will be able to upgrade their weapons and craft other useful tools.
Far Cry New Dawn launches on February 15th, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.